The Black Brigade is believed to be the first case of African Americans being organized and utilized for military purposes in the North. When Confederate forces in Kentucky threatened Cincinnati in August of 1862, African American men volunteered to help construct defensive fortifications in northern Kentucky.
Wilber A. Page Born in Cincinnati in 1895, Wilber A. Page served in France during
World War I with the 317th Army Engineers. Soon after returning to
Cincinnati, he was asked to serve as the pastor of Union Baptist Church,
a position he would hold for 66 years. In 1979 Page was named one
of the "Great Living Cincinnatians."More information
Evva Friason Turpeau Collection This photograph collection consists of one box of photographs mostly
of the USO that operated out of the Ninth Street YMCA. The photos
show various USO activities, such as dances, picnics, and the preparation
of “care” packages. Included are photos of some African
American servicemen from the Cincinnati area who served in World War
II. There are also photos of Evva Turpeau’s father, Lawrence
Turpeau, who was the first African American superintendent for the
Post Office in Cincinnati.More information
Penn Zeigler Penn Zeigler was born in Virginia around 1897 and served in the U.S.
Army during World War I. Later, he became president of Major Federal
Savings and Loan, the first Black savings and loan in Cincinnati.
He served as mayor of Lincoln Heights from 1967 to 1971.More information